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Comic 1015 - Claim My Kingdom, Page 15

9th May 2021, 11:00 PM in 27. Claim My Kingdom
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Author Notes:

9th May 2021, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
This one's had quite a bit of set-up, a lot of it across Date Night and Fire Night.

Luciana mentioned having a date.

Mercy was at the base where Christina was being held captive.

Hazel was the tip-off to Power about where to find Christina, and appeared to be out on a date.

Luciana and Hazel faking their meeting in the Halloween chapter was also foreshadowed within it -

Mercy brings up how conveniently this situation works out for Hazel and Luciana argues on Hazel's behalf.

Hazel specifically outlines this exact scenario to wave off the idea he could have orchestrated being shot to win Verbren's loyalty.

Offhand there was also...

Luciana referring to Hazel as Aiden in Blues.

Hazel mentioning Luciana as someone he could call on for help.

Yeah, there was a lot of groundwork laid for this, to the point I'm surprised I didn't really see anyone call it.

Not quite as much as the previous page but this one still went through a lot of back-and-forth; the last panel was actually redrawn at the finish line because we didn't really like how it came out, wanted to nail the shot but kind of tried it with a tilted head on Luciana and it just looked kind of goofy. The script specifically called for it to look really trashy and think the tongues do a good job of giving it that kind of feeling.

Few more pages left to go in the chapter, still some more shoes to drop. Really hope everyone's enjoying the ride on this one.
9th May 2021, 11:34 PM
Martin F.
Followup note - this is kind of embarrassing but there was some confusion on our Discord between Luciana and Ivy League. Since it's our first time seeing Luciana in this chapter anyway I went ahead and added some red tips to her design as well as made her hair and skin a bit darker to make her more obviously Latina. Hope that helps.
10th May 2021, 12:13 AM
Adam C.
Sorry my comments are so late, was wiped after work and basically passed out.

But yeah, this was a blast to work on. I kinda kept cracking up drawing the expressions in particular; Hazel's grin is so deranged and sadistic... Like, this motherfucker's been DREAMING of this moment since he met Mercy and is just taking so much joy out of finally having his revenge. The sheer unbridled glee on his face on every panel just had me losing it with each face I had to draw.

I'd been looking forward to drawing the make-out session for a while, even though it's fairly intimidating. Not something we normally draw, but the idea that the pair are especially trashy and gross about how they make out was just amazing to me. You can tell Luciana is into this too. She really loves watching this kind of misery.

That dutch angle shot of Hazel with the Luciana reveal I was afraid was too over the top, but honestly looking at the framing I'm wondering if it should've been even more ridiculous. Like, Hazel getting even closer to the camera, hopping around like he's on PCP, unable to contain how fucked Mercy is.

It's a great reminder that while Hazel's had all these nice guy moments, he's made it clear that he's still a high-ranking gang member and he didn't get that position by being cuddly. If Henry Hill had the edge Hazel did, Goodfellas would've ended with him pointing at Jimmy Conway's grave and laughing.

Comments:

10th May 2021, 12:19 AM
I've known Hazel was dangerous for a long time and what's he's been doing in the last few pages is much more in tune with the image I have of him.